Student Voice

What is Student Voice?

Student Voice is a vehicle that enables students to become more involved in the organisational structure of the Academy and the wider community. At Outwood Academy Portland, Student Voice is seen as an effective way to help transform education from the ‘bottom up’, through student input into Deep Learning, Deep Support and Deep Experience.

Why is Student Voice important?

Students remain at the heart of everything we undertake at Outwood Academy Portland and The Family of Schools, therefore Student Voice is placed at the centre of everything that we undertake.

The main objectives are to:

  • Embed approaches to teaching and learning that encourage learners to take greater responsibility for their own progress and achievement.
  • Engage in constructive dialogue with teachers.
  • Give them the skills and qualities necessary to develop both during their time in the Academy and in future life.
  • Develop their leadership skills by encouraging innovation
  • Support the needs of other students in the Academy
  • Through student voice roles, young people will have the opportunity to take a part in the ongoing improvements in the academy environment; the learning of all students, the wellbeing of staff and students, the management of behaviour, including praising success, and the decisions which affect the way we change and develop.

How is Student Voice organised?

Everything that takes place at Outwood Academy Portland is organised through the ‘Deeps’ structure hence Student Voice sits centrally in each of the three ‘Deeps’, plus an additional string called Communication to ensure the student body are kept informed on a regular basis about current projects.

Student Support Ambassadors

At Outwood Academy Portland there are 30 fully trained Student Support Ambassadors on hand to ensure that the welfare of all students is central to the running of the academy. They are professionally trained to deal with a variety of issues.